Shops and art galleries seem to be fusing: they already have in some cases. Art gallery shops become ever more artful (two of my favourites are in the Serpentine and the Serpentine Sackler Galleries). Shops become ever more art gallery-like in terms of their interiors, their handling of day and artificial light, as well as in their merchandise.
I'll write later about the way auction houses are handling this trend - more and more resembling giant art supermarkets where you can bid for whatever you fancy hanging on the walls or stay at home and bid online for work you can collect in store or have delivered.
My recent journey through part of Mayfair to see Alberto Giacometti and Yves Klein at the Gagosian Gallery Grosvenor Hill emphasised this and here are some examples of the shop and architectural art I spotted. The picture left shows No. 30 Bruton Street, the Stella McCartney showroom, with some beautiful neon cats, any one of which, if she isn't planning to offer them to Tate Modern, I'd love to give a home to.
Another shop reaching into the realm of art (although this is something the French and Belgians are already known for) is the accessory designer Jérôme Dreyfuss's new shop at the corner of Bruton Street and Berkeley Square.
Here's another, the precious practical art of the Ancient Greeks at the newly opened Kallos Gallery at 14-16 Davies Street. The exquisite amphora shown is an attic red-figure specimen from Nola. Just let me say that red-figure Nolan amphorae are most likely to be found in the world's top museums.
The architecture of the area also captures the attention. The famous Bonhams auction house is an example. You'll find it in Woodstock Street, a tiny street just west of New Bond Street. It's the art deco beauty at the far end.
Ermenegildo Zegna has also re-opened their 37-38 New Bond Street shop in a beautiful art deco-inspired envelope building (see pic).
I would urge you by the way not to wait for my review of the Gagosian show. The Giacometti-Klein exhibition has already been extended and closes on Friday 17 June at 4 pm. In addition, if you haven't seen the new building at 20 Grosvenor Hill, be prepared to experience a delightfully airy and well-lit space designed by Caruso St John. Outside the new gallery, the Grosvenor Group's clean and friendly streetscapes with new paving, trees and lighting that prioritise those on foot also impress.
Alberto Giacometti Yves Klein
In Search of the Absolute
20 Grosvenor Hill
Hours: Tue–Sat 10-6